Dr. Neil Cunningham is an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He has a special interest in shoulder dislocations, having published a novel reduction method known as the Cunningham Technique, and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. His second shoulder technique based on the “zero position” is outlined in this website. Over the past decade he has also developed or perfected reduction techniques for a number of other joints, these techniques appearing in this website for the first time.
Neil is a passionate advocate for junior doctor welfare, and is the clinical lead for St Vincent’s Australia Ethos Program, a cultural change project.
(This pic was taken by my good friend Ian Summers, you can find him @IanMeducator and his photography on instagram).
Having spent a decade in the field of simulation-based education, he has expertise in debriefing and has taught extensively in this area. Special areas of interest include difficult conversations within debriefing, the use of low fidelity simulation combined with a coaching model, and the use of simulated airway drills to prepare emergency personnel for intubations. He published the first randomized controlled trial of the cognitive tool SBAR/ISBAR as used by junior doctors and has also researched the use of simulation-based education for medical students. He is currently involved in research analyzing the effect of simulated airway drills in emergency departments on technical and communication skills, and the physiological effects of stress on critical care trainees when performing intubations in simulated and real situations.
Sports medicine is another area of interest, including promoting the benefits of exercise to the general population, and running gait analysis in novice runners. Current projects include an analysis of the effects of listening to music while running, the effects of foot strike pattern upon running performance, and knowledge of the current national exercise guidelines among the population of emergency department patients.
There have been many people who have contributed this website and earlier versions, special thanks go to Dr Tom Huang, Dr Gerard Fennessy, Dr Nicola Cunningham, Richard Blundell, Jo Petruvic, Dr Georgina Cunningham, and Matthew Williams. There are some people who are always around to help me turn a joint dislocation into an impromptu teaching session, big thanks to Con Georgakas, Nick Farebrother and Tara Merryfull. Most of, I am grateful to all of the patients who have given permission for their images, videos, and X-Rays to be used to help future patients.